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Nigeria will travel for game amid row reports

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 27, 2014 at 10:37 am •  Published: June 27, 2014
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CAMPINAS, Brazil (AP) — Nigeria's squad will travel for its World Cup second-round game against France as scheduled after canceling a training session amid reports of another pay dispute involving an African nation, the team spokesman said Friday.

Media officer Ben Alaiya declined to comment on reports that players were demanding bonuses owed to them and the Thursday night training session was canceled because of the dispute.

Nigeria didn't turn up for the practice near its base in Campinas, north of Sao Paulo, because a team meeting ran too long, Alaiya said. He declined to comment on the subject of the meeting.

Instead, Alaiya insisted everything was OK and that the African champions would fly to the capital Brasilia later Friday ahead of the knockout game against the French on Monday.

Fellow West African teams Cameroon and Ghana have both had their World Cup campaigns badly distracted by pay disputes. Cameroon's squad refused to get on a plane to Brazil at the beginning of the month until their bonuses were improved and Ghana said it flew in cash from back home to keep its players happy ahead of the decisive final group game against Portugal.

Both Cameroon and Ghana were eliminated in the group stage.

Last year, Nigeria arrived days late for the Confederations Cup in Brazil because of a row over player payments, which resulted in the squad refusing to leave a hotel and travel for the World Cup warm-up tournament.

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